Injured in a Bicycle Accident?​

REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION WITH A LOCAL BICYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

South Carolina has consistently ranked poorly in nationwide studies for cyclist safety, bicycle accidents and cyclist fatalities due to negligent drivers and reckless driving. Even though bicycle laws have been strengthened and bicycle lanes have been created, each year there are over 1,000 bicycle accidents in South Carolina. Founding Partner Matthew Marin of the Law Firm Marin and Barrett, Inc. serves the Charleston, SC area and is dedicated to winning justice for cycling accident victims and their families.  Charleston Bicycle Accident Attorney Matthew Marin has been ranked by the SuperLawyers organization as a “Rising Star” and a “SuperLawyer” from 2014 through 2020. Whether you were injured in North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, or downtown Charleston, call today to schedule a free bicycle crash case evaluation. We are available at (843) 642-2449 to take your call and stand ready to fight for justice and to secure you maximum compensation.

Do I Need To Hire Charleston Bicycle Injury Attorney?

Injured in a Bicycle Accident?​

REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION WITH A LOCAL BICYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

Personal injury cases, especially bicycle accident cases, can be complicated and should be handled by skilled and aggressive legal counsel. Obtaining legal representation can give you the time you need to heal physically and emotionally while still ensuring that you will be able to receive fair compensation for your bicycle accident injuries and dealing with the insurance company while you heal.

Data from 2018 shows that fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion. Having the right attorney represent your interests in your bicycle accident claim or that of a loved one can be the difference in hundreds of thousands of damage awards.

We will fight to get you justice. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, you have the right to hold that negligent party personally responsible. You have the legal right to demand compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We understand that being involved in a Charleston bicycle accident can be a traumatic experience and stand ready to help fight for your recovery and we are available 24/7 to help at 843-642-2449.

Whether riding for exercise, commuting, or for fun, bicycling in Charleston comes with risks. Because of these known risks, most bicyclists take measures to minimize danger from riding on South Carolina roads, which include wearing a helmet at a minimum, to bicycling on less traveled roads or at specific times of the day in which there is less traffic.

Regrettably, despite the proactive and preventative measures one can take to avoid the chances of a collision with a motor vehicle while bicycling, it is virtually impossible to eliminate all risks of being struck by a motor vehicle while on a bicycle. Distracted driving, aggressive driving, and faulty equipment on vehicles all routinely contribute to bicycle accidents.

WHAT EVIDENCE MIGHT HELP MY CHARLESTON BICYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM?

Every bicycle accident case is unique. Evidence that may be important for one claim might not be for another claim. Therefore, it is vitally important to seek the counsel of a skilled Charleston bicycle injury attorney for guidance about the best way to investigate and handle the particular facts of your case.

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., we can tailor our legal strategy to the individual nature of each South Carolina bicycle accident case. Using our experience we will be able to conduct an investigation to obtain time-sensitive evidence and bring in necessary expert testimony and file motions and subpoenas to compel disclosure of evidence that is being withheld.

BICYCLIST INJURY STATISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES

According to the NHTSA, in 2018 approximately 47,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents (a decrease from 50,000 or 6.4 percent from 2017). This accounts for 1.7 percent of all traffic accidents resulting in injuries in 2018 in the United States. With respect to fatalities, in 2018, there were 857 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents (an increase from 806 fatalities in 2017 or 6.3 percent from 2017). In fact, nationwide, the fatality rate for bicyclists has increased steadily from 2009 to 2018 (with the exception from 2016-2017. This increase in the number of bicycle accident related fatalities accounted for 2.3 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year (36,560 total).

WHAT ARE THE LAWS IN SOUTH CAROLINA THAT PROTECT BICYCLISTS WHILE ON PUBLIC ROADS?

South Carolina has numerous laws that provide protections for bicyclists and pedestrians, including Section 56-5-3435 Cars a Safe Distance from Bicycles which requires that a driver of a motor vehicle at all times maintain a safe operating distance between the motor vehicle and a bicycle; Section 56-5-3445 Unlawful to Harass Bicycle Rider which makes it unlawful to harass, taunt, or maliciously throw an object at or in the direction of any person riding a bicycle; and Section 56-5-3450 Unlawful to Cling to a Motor Vehicle which makes it unlawful for anyone on a bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled, or toy vehicle to attach it or them or himself to a vehicle upon a roadway.

HOW COMMON ARE BICYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES?

A collision between an automobile and a bicyclist can result in catastrophic injuries for the person riding the bicycle. Unlike automobile accidents involving two or more cars where passengers have the benefit of a steel structure, airbags, and seatbelts, there are fewer protections for bicycle accident victims when automobiles strike them. This lack of protection from serious injury is why accidents involving an individual on a bicycle and car are 1.5 times more likely to be killed than passenger vehicle occupants.  Typically, bicycle crashes cause injuries requiring medical attention including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, and emotional trauma.  These catastrophic injuries can lead to huge medical expenses to the injured party.

CHARLESTON BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

South Carolina has maintained one of the highest cyclist fatality rates in the nation on a population basis.  In 2015, South Carolina reported 16 bicycle accident fatalities up from 14 bicycle accident fatalities in 2014. Over the last six years, crashes on South Carolina’s roads and highways have claimed the lives of more than 900 pedestrians and bicyclists, making the state’s roads among the nation’s deadliest. In the Charleston area, pedestrian and bike fatalities have occurred in urban centers as well as along rural roads.

WHAT DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE TO CHARLESTON BICYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIMS?

As you might expect, you are more likely to suffer serious injuries when you are involved in an accident while on a bicycle. Recovery from those injuries can seem overwhelming and difficult. Treatment may require extensive medical care and lengthy rehabilitation. This can often result in medical bills totaling tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.  South Carolina law provides for the recovery of both economic damages and non-economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

CONTACT A SKILLED CHARLESTON COUNTY BIKE ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY

Dozens of cyclists are killed on South Carolina roadways every year. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bicycle due to the negligence or recklessness of another, you have the right to file a claim for damages. The money you recover can help to cover expensive medical bills, make up for lost income while you recover from your injuries, and compensate you for the emotional stress of the bicycle accident and your injuries.

Drivers responsible for causing injuries to bicyclists will likely have to provide payment under their auto insurance policies. Additionally, individuals injured in bicycle accidents may be able to obtain additional compensation under their own auto insurance policies. Even if the driver that hit you or your loved one has been cited with a moving violation or drunk driving charges, you may be able to take additional legal action against them.

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., Charleston Bike Crash Lawyer Matthew Marin has seen first-hand how an accident can turn your life upside-down. We’re here to help you assert your legal rights and recover the money you deserve. Call us 24/7 at (843) 642-2449 for a free, no obligation case review and consultation.